The T-Dog – Fairbanks’ Newest Fun Run!

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News!

The T-DOG 200 race roster is FULL!
To be added to the waitlist, please send us an email to tdog@trailbreakerkennel.com and we’ll get you on the list in the order we receive the emails. 
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Support!

We really, really appreciate your financial support. 

Join us!

We are excited to host the inaugural Susan Butcher Memorial race, the T-Dog, in Fairbanks, Alaska. 
Join us for the two multisport races (50mi and 110mi) on March 23rd  and the dog mushing only 200mi race on March 24th. 

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Volunteer!

Volunteers make the race happen. We can’t do it without you. There are opportunities to fit every skill set and time commitment.
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Quick Details

T Dog 50 Title

MULTISPORT RACE
$60 Entry fee
Max of 50 entrants
Ages 12+
Dog team min/max dogs: 4-8
Skijor & Bikejor min/max dogs: 1-3
Fairbanks – Nenana
50-mile groomed trail on the Tanana River

SIGNED UP: 

1. Annette Llanes (Skijor)
2. Kate Orlofsky (Skijor)
3. Greg McDaniel (Skijor)
4. Rob Kutchin (Skijor)
5. Iris Sutton (Skijor)
6. Arleigh Hitchcock (Skijor)
7. Julien Jolivette (Skijor)
8. Emily Richmond (Skijor)
9. Alyssa Gilmour (Skijor)
10. Daniel Pyle (Ski)
11. Brooks Lawler (Ski)

12. Marinell Chandler (Bikejor)
13. Katie McClellan (Bikejor)
14. Matt Shawcroft (Bikejor)
15. Bob Halbeisen (Bikejor)
16. Tre-c Dumais (Bike)
17. Conner M Truskowski (Bike)
18. Hazel Sutton (Dog Mushing)
19. Nikhlesh Parekh (Dog Mushing)
20. Shawn Goggins (Dog Mushing)
21. Mark Ross (Ski)
22. Marianna Mallory (Dog mushing)

T Dog 110 Title

MULTISPORT RACE
$150 Entry fee
Max of 50 entrants
Ages 14+
Mushing min/max dogs: 6-10
Max 20 dog teams
Skijor & Bikejor min/max dogs: 1-3
Fairbanks – Nenana – Fairbanks
50-mile groomed trail on the Tanana River
60-mile groomed Dunbar trail

SIGNED UP:

1. Sean Regan (Skijor)
2. Matt Sprau (Skijor)
3. Bobby Gillis (Ski)
4. Tracie Curry (Ski)
5. Matt Stoller (Bike)
6. Stefan Milkowski (Bike)
7. ReRun Kennel (Dog mushing)
8. Luther Buhr (Dog mushing)
9. Sean de Wolski (Dog mushing)
10. Jennifer Nelson (Dog mushing)
11. Laura Acuff (Dog mushing)
12. Aubrie Grause (Dog mushing)
13. Amelia Crawford (Dog mushing)
14. Jenny Roddewig (Dog mushing)
15. Tagish Lake Kennel (Dog mushing)
16. Michael Roddewig (Dog mushing)
17. Jay Allyn (Dog mushing)
18. Amelie Janin (Dog mushing)
19. Bailey Vitello (Dog mushing)
20. Justin Olnes (Dog mushing)

T Dog 200 Title

MUSHING ONLY RACE
Iditarod Qualifier
Entry fee $300
30 Entries max 
Ages 18+
Dog team min/max dogs: 8-10
Fairbanks – Minto – Nenana – Fairbanks

SIGNED UP: 

1. KattiJo Deeter
2. Kenna Conley
3. Aidan Warner
4. Kiana Korta
5. Elena Herreid
6. Joey Sabin
7. Emily Rosenblatt
8. Lindsay Llanes
9. Katrina Handler
10. Dave Turner
11. Bridget Watkins
12. Lauro Eklund
13. Hailey Pierson
14. Jody Potts-Joseph
15. Anja Radano
16. Adam Lindenmuth
17. Michelle Phillips
18. Keaton Loebrich
19. Jessica Hickey
20. Tony Angelo
21. Jeff King
22. Cali Best
23. Fernando Gaona
24. Eric Oline
25. Mishaela Robertson
26. JJay Levy
27. Josiah Liebe
28. Joe Weber
29. Jacob Witkop
30. Jonah Bacon

 

Note: The race roster is now full! To be added to the waitlist, please send us an email to tdog@trailbreakerkennel.com and we’ll get you on the list in the order we receive the emails. 

Thanks to our sponsors!

T-Dog Fun Run In Media

Mushing.com – “T Dog Race w/Tekla Butcher-Monson”, January 19th, 2024
KTVF – “T-Dog 200 to tick fun and competitive boxes in one race” – December 22nd, 2023
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – “Newly created sled dog races honor Susan Butcher, spirit of mushing” – January 2nd, 2024

T-Dog Rules & Guidelines

T-Dog 50 Race Rules

Coming Soon!

Please check back in February 2024

T-Dog 110 Race Rules

Coming Soon!

Please check back in February 2024

T-Dog 200 Race Rules

Registration Information & Rules
T-Dog 200 Fun Run
 March 24, 2024 (Start time: 10am – 2pm)

The T-DOG 200 is an official Iditarod Qualifier!

Qualifications
This race is only open to dog teams. There shall be only one musher per team. All mushers must be 18 years of age or older on the day of race start to participate.

Number of Dogs Per Team
Mushers may start the race with no more than 10 dogs and no fewer than 8 dogs. Mushers must finish the race with no fewer than 6 dogs on the line.

Limitation of entries
The T-Dog 200 will accept sign-ups from 20 teams. After the first 20 teams have signed up, we will open a waiting list of up to 10 interested parties. If any spots become available, entrants will be accepted off the waitlist in the order they signed up. If a registered musher is unable to participate, but has a replacement musher who will be running a team from the same kennel, the race will allow a 1:1 musher substitution before opening that spot up to waitlisted entrants. All 1:1 substitution requests must be submitted in writing to tdog@trailbreakerkennel.com  by March 15 at the latest. 

Race Registration 
Registration for the 2024 T-Dog 200 will open online on December 26, 2023, at 7 PM Alaska Time. On December 26, 2023, in-person registration will be available from 7-8 PM at Black Spruce Brewing Company at 3290 Peger Rd STE B, Fairbanks, AK 99709. All in-person registrants will be eligible for a discounted $100 entry fee via a raffle drawing. 

Entry Fee
The entry fee for the race is $300. Beginning on registration day, $100 of the entry fee shall be non-refundable. Beginning March 1, 2024, $200 of the fee shall be non-refundable. After March 15, 2023 no refund will be issued. To declare registration cancellation, entrants must send an email (tdog@trailbrekaerkennel.com) to establish the cancellation date, refund amount, and removal from the entrant list. 
In the event a T-Dog 200 musher chooses to withdraw from the 200 and register for the T-dog 110 or T-Dog 50, their paid entry fee shall be transferred to the new race and the remainder shall be non-refundable.

Prizes
In 2024 there will be no monetary purse. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes will be donated items from the community. The 1st place finisher shall have their name and finish time engraved on the T-Dog traveling trophy.

Dog Vaccinations 
All dogs racing in the T-Dog 200 must have proof of: 
– A rabies vaccination given on or before February 23rd, 2024.
– A Distemper/Parvo vaccination
We accept any combination vaccine that includes (but is not limited to) immunization for Parvovirus and Distemper in dogs. This vaccine must have been given on or before February 23, 2024 and must be within the date span of the immunization. 
– A Bordetella vaccination 
We accept intranasal, oral, or injectable Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines. This vaccine must have been given on or before February 23, 2024 and must be within the date span of the immunization. 

Vaccine documentation and valid Rabies certificates shall be presented at vet checks prior to the race. If a dog does not have a current required vaccine, that dog shall not be allowed to participate. Vaccine documentation must include the date of administration and the serial number of the vaccines if the dogs have been vaccinated at home by mushers. Please keep the stickers or serial numbers from the vaccine vials as proof of vaccination.

Vet Checks
Veterinary checks will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Ivory Jacks from 4 PM – 8 PM. Racers will sign up for 15-minute vet check slots via a scheduling software app. Vet check scheduling will open at least 2 weeks prior to race day. This will include a full hands-on exam of each dog and vaccine documentation review.

Pre-Race Meeting
A pre-race meeting will be held at 8 PM on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Ivory Jacks Restaurant at 2581 Goldstream Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709. All mushers and designated handlers are required to attend this meeting. Trail conditions, race logistics, checkpoint parking, and rules will be discussed at this meeting. 

Driving instructions to the checkpoints will be available for handlers and spectators at the musher meeting.

Rules for Running the Race  

Checkpoints
There are two official checkpoints along the T-Dog 200 route. The first checkpoint is located at the end of the 11-mile Minto road in the village of Minto. Minto can be accessed by turning off the Elliot highway at mile 109. A designated handler is required to be present at the Minto checkpoint for the entirety of their musher’s layover as they are in charge of this checkpoints drop bag and dropped dogs. Handlers may assist with dog care in Minto and Minto only.  Straw will be delivered to the checkpoint by race personnel. Each team is allowed 1 bale. 

The second checkpoint is at the Alfred Star Cultural Center in downtown Nenana at 415 Riverfront, Nenana, AK 99760. Handlers are required to be at the Nenana checkpoint half an hour before their musher’s minimum departure time. Handlers may NOT assist with dog care in Nenana. Drop bags and straw will be delivered to the checkpoint by race personnel. 

Mandatory Gear
To ensure the safety of all participants, every musher must carry certain essential items including: 
– a cold weather sleeping bag
– A hand ax with a total length of 22 inches
– 3-gallon capacity cooker with cooking gear
– clearly marked fuel container(s). Mushers may arrive at checkpoints with empty fuel containers if they used them on the trail. 
– adequate food for dogs and mushers
– eight booties for each dog. Booties on the dog’s feet will count. Booties that have been worn and removed during the run will count. 
– Two snow hooks
– One dog sled with enough room to safely carry one dog along with all mandatory gear. Pull behind kennels will not be allowed.

Start

The event will kick off at Ivory Jacks Restaurant located at 2581 Goldstream Road Fairbanks, Alaska 99709, between 10am and 2pm on Sunday, March 24, 2024. Mushers must bring their own designated handler to assist with takeoff and monitor the first road crossing at Sheep Creek Road.

Starting Procedure 
To start the race, mushers must have a designated handler accompany them at Ivory Jacks. At least thirty minutes before their self-determined estimated departure time, the musher is required to check in with the race official stationed at Ivory Jacks Restaurant. The race official will provide them with a Spot Tracker. The race official will assign a volunteer to accompany the handler to ensure a safe crossing at Sheep Creek Road.

First Leg (Ivory Jacks to Minto)
Teams will have 21 hours to complete the first 100-mile leg of the race from Fairbanks to Minto. The first leg is not timed and time spent on the trail and/or in the Minto checkpoint will not be considered in the team’s finishing time or position. However, the first leg (Ivory Jacks to Minto) must be done within the 21 hours preceding the official restart for the next leg (Minto – Nenana – TBK). While teams are encouraged to rest during the first 100-mile run and/or in the Minto checkpoint, it is not required or monitored by race officials. To proceed to the next leg (Minto – Nenana – TBK), teams must arrive in Minto by 7am on Monday, March 25, 2024. 

Please note: The first leg (Ivory Jacks – Minto) is completely self-supported. Mushers must carry all their food, straw, and supplies. The use of snow machine assistance is prohibited. Mushers must bring all mandatory gear for the first leg, and there will be a gear check immediately upon arrival at the Minto checkpoint. Mushers are responsible for all dog care, melting dog water, carrying straw and administering dog care while on the trail. 

Minto Checkpoint

Mushers must arrive in Minto by 7am on Monday, March 25, 2023, or they will be disqualified from the second leg of the race.

Designated handlers may assist their mushers with dog care only in the Minto checkpoint. 

Minto Official Restart 
The restart will occur in Minto and depart for Nenana, beginning at 8am on Monday, March 25, 2023. Logistics for the restart are currently being coordinated with the village of Minto, as of December 26, 2023. Racers will be notified of the restart style at least two weeks before the race starts.

Second Leg (Minto – Nenana – TBK)
The second leg of the race will be timed and finish positions will be determined by this second leg only. Teams will run 50 miles from Minto to Nenana through the Minto flats. During the second leg of the race, mushers must take a mandatory four-hour rest in the Nenana checkpoint. After a mandatory rest, teams will run 50 miles from Nenana to Trail Breaker Kennel to finish the race. 

Nenana Checkpoint 
Mushers must rest for a minimum of 4 hours in the Nenana checkpoint. If there are start differentials incurred from the Minto Official Restart, those times will be added to the teams mandatory minimum rest time. 

Handlers may NOT assist their musher with dog care in the Nenana checkpoint. Handlers must be present at the Nenana checkpoint at least 30-minutes before their musher’s estimated departure time. Handlers are responsible for caring for dropped dogs and for cleaning up their musher’s parking area after they have left. Nenana drop bags will be delivered to the checkpoint by race personnel. 

Finish
The race will finish at Trail Breaker Kennel, located at 5880 Airport Industrial Rd, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709. All teams must arrive before 8pm Tuesday, March 26, 2023 or they will be considered disqualified. 

No Outside Assistance 
If you plan to support mushers on the trail, make sure to only provide warm up fires, moral support, and friendship. Hauling straw, food, or supplies for the mushers is strictly prohibited. Mushers are responsible for carrying all mandatory gear during the entirety of the race If straw is needed for the first leg(Ivory Jacks – Minto), the mushers must transport it themselves. Mushers can assist each other on the trail, but no outside aid will be accepted unless it is available to all. 

Designated handlers may assist their mushers with dog care ONLY in the Minto checkpoint. 

Coordination among mushers regarding travel plans during the first leg (Ivory Jacks – Minto) is highly encouraged to ensure safe arrival in Minto. Snow machines may not pace teams. 

Withdrawal
Participants may withdraw their registration before the race date and receive a partial refund based on the rules outlined under the “entry fee” section. If mushers choose to withdraw their team from the race, they are encouraged to do so at the Minto or Nenana checkpoints.

In the event that mushers are unable to finish a leg of the race, they must notify the Race Marshal by sending an SOS signal via their Spot Tracker. Assistance by snow machine support will arrive as soon as possible to provide aid.  A musher who has withdrawn via SOS signal may accept any outside assistance available.

Handlers 
The designated handler must be present at the Pre-Race Meeting at 8pm at Ivory Jacks on Saturday March 23, 2024. 

Handlers and other assistants planning to drive vehicles between checkpoints must be able to pass a breathalyzer test before their musher leaves any checkpoint.  

Handlers are required to be present in the Minto checkpoint for the entire time the team is in the checkpoint and is responsible for cleaning their musher’s parking area and raking up the straw after their musher departs. Handlers do not need to be in the Nenana checkpoint when their musher arrives, but must arrive at least 30-minutes prior to their musher’s estimated departure time, to pick up dropped dogs and clean up their musher’s parking area. 

Handlers may assist their musher with dog care in the Minto checkpoint. Handlers are not allowed to assist their musher with dog care in the Nenana checkpoint. 

Handlers are responsible for delivering Minto drop bags to their musher at the Minto checkpoint. The race will be responsible for delivering Nenana drop bags to mushers when they arrive in Nenana. 

Handlers are responsible for caring for any dropped dogs from their musher’s team once they have been signed out by a race veterinarian. 

When assisting in dog care in the Minto checkpoint, handlers must use only their musher’s mandatory gear and supplies from the drop bags or musher’s sled. Handlers may help with various dog care tasks, such as booting dogs, feeding, snacking, laying out straw, melting and heating water, repacking sleds, massaging dogs, and checking feet. Handlers may not open their mushers drop bag until their musher arrives at the Minto checkpoint. Meals and water must be heated via the cooker in the mushers sled or come from a checkpoint sponsored source that is available to all. Handlers may not prepare dog water or food prior to their musher arriving in the Minto checkpoint. 

Passing

During the T-Dog 200, all teams are required to follow the designated course. If one team approaches another from within fifty feet, the team ahead must yield the right of way upon request by the second team when calling out “trail,” except within one mile of the finish line. The passed team must remain behind for at least five minutes before demanding the trail. Ski poles are not allowed within one mile of the finish line. The mile before the finish line will be marked. 

Straw and Drop Bags

Each team will be provided with one bale of straw at the Minto checkpoint and one bale of straw in the Nenana checkpoint. Musher must pack a drop bag with resupplies for each checkpoint. The designated handler will be responsible for delivering the drop bag to Minto, and all bags must be sealed by T-Dog officials at Ivory Jacks. Minto drop bags will be sealed by a T-Dog race official and returned to the handler, while Nenana drop bags will be collected by the race and delivered to the checkpoint.

Mushers may leave supplies behind by putting the items back in their drop bag and leaving it behind when they depart the checkpoint. Handlers will be responsible for “returned” drop bags.

Mushers must provide their own drop bags, which should be clearly marked with their name and the checkpoint location. It is recommended that woven polypropylene bags or similar be used. Up to two bags may be packed for each checkpoint, but the total weight of supplies for each checkpoint cannot exceed 60 lbs. All contents should be packed to freeze, as drop bags will be stored outdoors.

Access to Veterinary Care 
Veterinarians will perform a full vet check on Saturday March 23 in the Ivory Jacks parking lot by appointment (See vet checks). Veterinary care will be available for dogs at the Minto and Nenana checkpoints. Race veterinarians will not perform a full vet check in the checkpoints, but will hold a conversation with mushers about their dog’s health. Veterinarians will be monitoring dogs throughout the race and have the authority to examine any dog. If a veterinarian requires a dog to be removed from a team for medical reasons, the musher will need to comply, even if it results in the musher withdrawing from the race. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

Dropped Dogs

If a musher and/or veterinarian decide to remove a dog from the team that dog will need to be signed out by a veterinarian. Officially signed out dogs are the responsibility of the handler. 

No Alcohol in Minto 
Minto is a dry village. No alcoholic beverages shall be transported to, sold or consumed by any person or persons within the boundaries of the Minto Village Corporation Land. Hallucinogenic drugs and substances are also illegal in Minto. Hallucinogenic Drugs and Substances include all those drugs and substances which are illegal under state and federal laws.

Any musher or handler found in the possession of alcohol or drugs in Minto will be disqualified. Handlers found carrying or consuming alcohol or drugs in Minto will be banned from handling or participating in any future T-Dog races. 

Ethical Treatment of Dogs 
There will be no cruel or inhuman treatment of dogs allowed. Whips or other violent tactics will not be permitted. Cruel or inhuman treatment of dogs will result in immediate disqualification.

Dogs entered into the race will be under the jurisdiction of the head veterinarian and the vet team of the T-Dog 200. Veterinarians will be monitoring the dogs throughout the entire race and have the authority to mandate dogs be dropped from the team or entire teams withdrawal from the race. 

Drivers must have the means and space to carry a dog safely in the sled if necessary. Dogs may not be led behind the sled. 

Drugs that suppress the signs of illness or injury may not be used during the T-Dog 200. No drugs or any other artificial means shall be used to increase a dogs performance beyond their natural ability. The T-Dog 200 adopts the Iditarod’s list of prohibited drugs. 
 
Expired Dogs
If a dog expires during the T-Dog 200 this situation will be treated as an absolute priority. An expired dog must be loaded into the musher’s sled bag and carried to the next checkpoint and presented to the Race Marshal or Race Vet for examination. The race will then initiate an immediate inquiry into the dog’s cause of death, which may include a post-mortem examination performed by a veterinarian.

Expired dogs may result in disqualification or penalty at the discretion of the Race Marshall in consultation with the Head Veterinarian and the T-Dog vet team. 

Expired sled dogs are an absolute tragedy for a musher and their team and shall be handled as such by all participants, race officials, handlers and spectators.

Penalties 
To ensure a fair and competitive race, the Race Marshal will penalize any team that violates these rules. The penalties may include time delays, monetary fines, mandated withdrawal, disqualification, and/or a ban from future T-Dog races. Each penalty is at the discretion of the Race Marshal.  

Updated: February 5, 2024 

Please note 2024 T-Dog 200 Rules are still subject to change.

Photos from past events by Whitney McLaren

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